Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Come see the amazing SLURRY!

Gauche Alchemy is pleased as punch to introduce our newest product, the Slurry! Slurries will be full of bits...of this and that. Vintage postcards, labels, buttons, scraps of paper, you name it! Our premier Slurry is called "Fun and Games," and is comprised of 99% vintage game pieces, score cards, play money and various ephemera. We've found board games from the 30's and 40's and now you get to add those fab pieces to your layouts or collage projects. And at $9.95, you really can't pass it up!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

October Guest Design Team Search!

This is a repost from our Gauche Alchemy blog:

We are looking for you!!!! Amy and I are so excited to get some “new blood” here at Casa Gauche Alchemy!
We are searching for an OCTOBER Guest Design Team member to help us shake things up. Applicants must have a sense of humor, an artistic eye and know how to color outside of the lines!

To be considered, please submit your most fabulous recent layout or project to: with DESIGN TEAM in the subject header by Friday, September 26.

Please include your name, contact information, blog or gallery link (if applicable), and a paragraph or two telling us about why you love paper arts.

*Deadline for submission is September 26, and we will announce our winner on our blog no later than September 29.
*Winner will receive the complete October kit (and some extra goodies!), and will be required to complete projects as directed. Promotion on your blog is also encouraged.
*International applicants are welcome!

Don’t be shy—all applicants are welcome, regardless of level of experience! Come play with us!
{image courtesy of the amazing Helen Dardik. See more of her creations HERE}

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fall Bedroom

Doesn't this bedroom look cozy? I know, it's the whole "dark colours make rooms look smaller" blah blah blah, but I can't help but be drawn to this warm, chocolaty brown tone. I just want to snuggle up with a good book on that bed.

The punches of fuschia, yellow and peacock really liven the space as well.

Visit the lovely Design Sponge blog to see more!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

To all the Pups I've loved before

TQ has loved animals from the time that she was very small. Today she would like to introduce you to a few of her favorites.
This shaggy pup is named D'Bella. TQ names all her pets herself, without our input. She is one of her rotating favorite pups.

These are some of her more diminutive friends. Daddy lets her buy them out of the little machine at the grocery store (way better then bubble gum, right?). They're great for when you're walking across the carpet barefoot, especially late at night!

This pink kitty has several aliases, including Sarah and Pinky. A constant playmate who can often be found sleeping in an empty tissue box or Lego container. Precious.

TQ is growing weary of all this animal talk. Show and tell is over (for now...).

NEXT time, she will introduce to the infamous golden pooch that we all love, PUDDING!!!
{yes, that really is her dog's name, no foolin'}

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sewing...who knew?

{supplies used: from Gauche Alchemy premier kit- Bazzill bling cardstock, vintage magazine ad, pattern tissue, vintage seam binding and button, regal paperclips, basic grey patterned paper}

Well, I was making a card for our design team examples at Gauche Alchemy headquarters (Amy's house), and I decided to try out her sewing machine. I think I'm in love! I spent some time poking around Craigslist today looking for a used sewing machine, but didn't find one that I was completely excited about. I would love to get one that is easy to manipulate if I wanted to do some freestyle stitching on a scrapbook layout. Oh yeah, and one that is very user friendly and doesn't take up too much space. Any advice? Or maybe you have a fabulous sewing machine collecting dust in your guest room that you would like to give a good home?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

You keep me spinning

Every now and again I get completely agitated with the incomplete, disheveled state of our home. I'm not talking about the inevitable clutter of toys, books and junk mail--in a small home with a preschooler, a packrat, and a (sometimes) lazy housekeeper, I've resigned myself to their constant existance. We have lived in our house for just over a year, and there are some pretty significant things that we have yet to accomplish. Time and lack of finances have held us back, but that doesn't stop me from pouring over home design magazines and blogs searching for perfect paint color combos and my dream master bath complete with soaking tub.

First, there's the fence. Even when we purchased the house, it was in a state of disrepair. Rickety, wooden fence, falling down in places. How about this instead?

I love the look of the horizontal slats...much more sophisticated than the block fences in most Arizona yards.

Then there's the master bedroom {big project}. I'm longing for one of these:

...and am inspired by these peacock colours...

Wondering if the saturated color would be too much for the bedroom, but I just think it's so beautiful! Maybe an accent wall, combined with a more subtle neutral. I just can't help myself...good thing the hubs is mostly color blind, right? That little fact gives me much creative freedom (I also have a pink office!).

So, I will continue to sit here at my desk until 5pm and return to the charming house of much clutter. But at least it's all mine (ours).

Monday, September 1, 2008


Sorry I have been so absent these past couple weeks; every spare moment not at work or home has been used to prepare for Gauche Alchemy's big launch September 1! It's here, finally, and to see the freshly posted kits in our humble Etsy shop is more gratifying than I could have imagined.

Here is a layout I completed last night using the products from the "Lush" kit featuring the fabulous and tarty Renee. As the title indicates, she is one high class broad (and one of my very favorite people in the world):

All I ask of you is this... visit our blog, and stop by our store and let us know what you think. Even if you don't have a scrapbookin' art-makin' bone in your body, any feedback that you have would be appreciated.

Thanks for your support--wish us luck and SPREAD THE WORD!